If you are a regular reader of this blog (quick note, if you ARE a regular reader, or even a newer reader PLEASE take my reader survey!) then you know that I’ve been training all summer for my goal race: the Navy Air Force half marathon. I have a goal of running a sub two half marathon and I’ve been pretty singularly focused on that goal. For the first time since I ran track in high school, I’ve been doing track workouts, tempo runs and faster long runs (still wondering what a tempo run is? read here!). I have been working hard and am optimistic. However, I have to think about what if I don’t meet my goal?
When I had to pull out of the Shamrock Marathon at mile 17, I was devastated. However, I knew that what happened was out of my control. If I’m not able to hit my goal this September, I know I will be disappointed. I’ve worked hard and put a lot into this race. Yet, I also know that while I’d be disappointed, I’ll be okay. Running is one of my favorite things to do (some days). I love racing, I love running with friends and I love the running community. However, as much as I love running and racing, it is not my life. I have so much else to fulfill me — my friends, my husband, my dog, my faith and my family. I am truly blessed to be ABLE to run and I try and remember that.
Sometimes I get so caught up in the numbers, in the reps, in the times and all that is associated with that, that I forget to remember that being able to run in and of itself is a blessing. Having the freedom to run in the Nation’s Capital is a blessing. Having friends that share my passion for running and a husband who doesn’t question my need to wake up at 5:30 on weekends to run is a blessing, y’all. So, the question remains…what if I fail to run a sub-two half marathon in September? Well…I’ll move on from my disappointment and keep it in perspective….
and then probably go sign up for another half marathon! 🙂
How do you react to failure?